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The handsome earl of Storrington gambles to win Lord Candover's nubile niece, Jacobin, in Neville's spicy Regency romance debut. Jacobin de Chastelux dresses up as Jacob Leon and runs away to escape Storrington's suit, winding up as a cook. When she is set upon by thugs, it is Storrington who rescues what he thinks is a strangely attractive boy and hires him as his personal pastry chef. Then someone attempts to poison Candover, setting up Jacobin to take the fall. Lust swiftly turns to trust as Jacobin tries to find the poisoner while Storrington struggles with his dying father's hatred of Candover. Neville throws disguises, secrets and vows of vengeance in the way of true love. Though she relies heavily on coincidence, the byplay between the hero and heroine is genuine, lusty and fun. (Mar.)
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Neville skillfully combines revenge, murder and a good dollop of sexual tension to bring readers a delicious and delightful read. The unique overview of the makings of French pastries adds to the flavor of this debut novel. --RT Book Reviews

The passion and chemistry between them was emotionally complex.  I loved watching how their relationship evolved throughout the story.  I look forward to reading more from Miranda Neville. --Night Owl Romance

Miranda Neville's NEVER RESIST TEMPTATION is a delectable concoction of hot sensuality, suspense, and a fascinating look at pastry-making in the Regency. Jacobin is a thoroughly delightful, engaging heroine, and Storrington is a sexy, wounded hero. --The Romance Readers Connection

I adored Never Resist Temptation. --Michelle Buonfiglio's Romance B(u)y the Book

A charming romance, an intriguing plot, a new, fresh voice. --Madeline Hunter, New Times bestselling author
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061715913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061715914
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,934,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with those who thought this a fun story. Having enjoyed some of Ms. Neville's other novels, I was curious to take a look at her debut and I had a good time. It's frivolous and filled the bill for me.

Sure, it doesn't have the polish of the author's later work.....it's a debut! And yes, the plot was wacky and a bit complicated. But it was fun. And I thoroughly enjoyed the melding of the art of French pastry into the story. Nice touch.

Enjoy your reading! :)
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Once you suspend belief that this beautiful woman was able to disguise herself as a man as she worked among many men as a chef, it's quite a fun book. Pretty darn good for a debut novel. Sprinkled throughout with some recipes (Jacobin was a pastry chef), this was a lighthearted romance with a bit of mystery. And I admit Anthony's love of "little puffy things" made me smile.
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Plot Summary: In this convoluted plot, Jacobin De Chastelux has an evil Uncle who treated her like a poker chip and lost her at cards to Lord Storrington. Jacobin flees her Uncle's house and poses as a male French pastry chef within the Prince's household. Meanwhile, Storrington is plotting to lure the evil Uncle to his doom, and he chances upon a male pastry chef who will serve as bait for his glutinous enemy. Storrington hires Jacobin, and he quickly sees through her disguise. There are innumerable knots, kinks, tangles, and twists within this plot, and I'd need a whole lotta space to explain it all.

Thankfully I do have a few nice things to say about this book, which makes me glad, because overall it was not good. While tipping my hat in acknowledgement that this is a debut novel by a new author, this book cannot compare to a historical romance written by a seasoned pro such as Lisa Kleypas or Madeline Hunter. The plot is a steaming pile of overly complicated conundrums, and the author was clearly in love with the foodie side of the story. Too much in love. I enjoyed the pastry chef tidbits, but I think it took the focus from the romance. More on that later.

The good news is that Jacobin's character was spot on perfect. She was a wonderfully complex heroine, and her English and French halves created interesting conflicts. She lives with the English, but she's not truly one of them, and taken within the historical context of the book (after Napoleon's defeat), Jacobin's defensiveness is convincing.

The bad news is that Lord Storrington was a kaleidoscope of the least desirable character traits I'd want in a hero. At some point he was either weepy, gullible, arrogant, selfish, or rapacious.
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In 1816 London, Anthony the Earl of Storrington wants to court Lord Candover's niece, Jacobin de Chastelux, over the objection of his dying father who loathes her uncle. However, Jacobin is not interested in his suit in spite of his being the catch of the season. Instead she runs from her home masquerading as Jacob Leon.

When hooligans assault Jacob, Anthony rescues him. Though he is a bit perturbed that he finds the lad attractive, he hires Jacob to serve on his staff as a pastry chef. When someone tries to kill Candover using poison in his food the evidence points towards Jacobin as the culprit. She, as a male, begins to investigate in an amateurish attempt to expose the culprit, but soon finds Anthony helping him, make that her.

This is a fun Regency romantic suspense starring a likable delightful duo. The debates between Anthony and Jacobin-Jacob are fun to follow as he begins to see the similarity in his-her pattern. Although happenstance allowed Anthony to be in the right place at the right time to rescue Jacob, fans will not care as they began to fall in love when she was his male chef.

Harriet Klausner
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Jacobin de Chastelux isn't content to sit back and let the gambling debts, whims and dictates of her uncle and guardian, Candover determine the rest of her life - especially when the unscrupulous man bet her virtue - and lost - in a card game. Unwilling to be used in such a fashion Jacobin disappears and is believed to have eloped with Candover's French pastry cook. Who would have guessed that her culinary talents and a clever disguise would land her a job in the kitchen of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton - or the worrisome trouble that would stem from her position?

Lord Anthony Storrington is determined to bring down Lord Candover and he believes the man's self indulgent attitude is the key to achieving his goal. He thought he'd succeeded when he won Candover's niece in a card game but miraculously the man managed to raise the funds owed after Jacobin ran away rather than honor her uncle's debt. Anthony assumed that was the end of any possible association he'd have with Candover's niece Jacobin but he's in for a huge surprise.

Jacobin dreams of someday opening her own pasty shop and she's saving toward that goal but with her measly salary it will be a long time before that happens. When she receives an employment offer at the sum of eighty pounds a year, Jacobin considers it - until she learns that the offer stems from Lord Storrington himself. The last thing she wants is to work for the very man she once ran from - even if he doesn't know that the chef he seeks to hire is really Jacobin.

Anthony prefers simple English deserts. He has no need for fluffy French creations, but he is well aware that Candover loves them. By hiring such a prominent pastry chef he'll have the tools to lure Candover over and hopefully entice him into another card game.
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